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    Default Expansion Draft - Which 8 players would you protect?

    If this has already be discussed here, I apologize. With the Bobcats coming on next year, which 8 players on the Pacers' roster do you protect? The top of the list is pretty obvious but it'd be interesting to see who people have toward the bottom.

    Reggie
    JO
    Artest
    Harrington
    Tinsley
    Foster
    Freddie
    Bender

    --in no particular order--

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    Default Re: Expansion Draft - Which 8 players would you protect?

    JO
    Artest
    Harrington
    Tinsley
    Foster
    Freddie
    Bender
    J. Jones or Brezec

    That would be with Reggie's agreement.

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    Default Re: Expansion Draft - Which 8 players would you protect?

    let's go about it the other way around, instead of making a wish list to keep, who do we need to protect, taking into account contract status which is an important part as well.

    Free Agents at the end of the year:

    Kenny Anderson, James Jones, Jamison Brewer(?)

    BIG question, does Reggie's contract contain an option for the second year, because in that case he can not be part of the extension draft.

    Let's assume that they knew the rules of the draft when they signed Reggie and it would be silly not to use those rules, if they haven't then such is a major screw up.

    That leaves 11 players to "protect" (without Reggie)

    Some are definitely not questionable, you don't throw away major forces:

    JO
    Al
    Ron
    Jamaal

    Then the talent in which you have invested a lot of time and money:

    Bender

    The talent you want to keep

    Fred

    that leaves the following players "fighting" for 2 spots

    Croshere (no use to protect him, his contract does)
    Brezec (will be protected)
    Anthony Johnson (again contract, option? one year left)
    Foster *
    Pollard *

    * depends on the position and "future" of Brezec, Pollie is less likely to be "taken".

    So my list would be with contract questionables marked with a *

    JO
    Al
    Ron
    Jamaal
    Reggie *
    Bender
    Fred Jones
    Brezec
    Foster

    Unprotected roster members:

    Pollie
    Croshere
    Anthony Johnson*

    Yes Foster would be unprotected if Reg's contract was stupidly enough not made in a way that they would have the advantage at this draft time.
    However, his contract makes it highly unlikely (just like Pollie and Cro) that he would be picked, the expansion is only allowed 2/3 of the cap, which is certainly not enough to give away millions to single players.

    There is also the option to trade "future" or immediate draft rights in exchange for a "no pick" agreement.

    Why protect Brezec and Jones, simple as far as Brezec is concerned, they still see him as the second coming of Smits and Jones' play speaks for himself, their price is of a nature that they would both be very interesting for the expansion.
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    Default Re: Expansion Draft - Which 8 players would you protect?

    PROTECTED

    JO
    Al
    Ron
    Jamaal
    Bender
    Fred Jones
    Brezec
    Foster

    FREE AGENTS
    Anderson
    Brewer

    UNPROTECTED
    J.Jones (He was signed for two years.
    Pollard
    Croshere
    Johnson
    Reggie

    Charlotte only gets a two thirds salary cap the first year. That means they only have around 32 million to spend. They simply are not going to take big contracts like Pollard's, Choshere's, and Reggie's, because they would be a sixth of their cap or more. Hence they will take J. Jones or Johnson.

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    Default Re: Expansion Draft - Which 8 players would you protect?

    Sheesh able - did you write that all in one day?
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    Scot Pollard
    Kenny Anderson
    Jamison Brewer
    Primoz Brezec
    Anthony Johnson
    James Jones
    Jonathon Bender
    Austin Croshere

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    Default Re: Expansion Draft - Which 8 players would you protect?

    wow, no one wants to protect reggie. he would still be a very interesting player for charlotte, i should think.

    still, i suspect reggie won't need protection. donnie walsh must have the expansion draft in mind when he signed reggie to a new contract; all it takes is to make the 2nd year a player option, and presto, reggie's protected.

    otherwise the protected guys likely are as above.

    i wonder if we can tempt the bobcats to pick pollard by offering our 1st rounder. the only reason to do that is financial though, and we would probably have to pick up another big guy using the mid level to make up for pollard if that happens.

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    Default Re: Expansion Draft - Which 8 players would you protect?

    Can you imagine what bad karma the young Bobcats would bring down on their young heads taking away Mr. Pacer from his Victory Lap season and The Only City He's Ever Loved? The basketball Gods would gnash their teeth and seek everlasting vengence until the Bobcats are forced to relocate to Gnome, Alaska to escape their Everpresent Scowl. They wouldn't dare.

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    JO, AL, Ron, Tins, Fred, Foster, Reg, and Bender...we will protect them in my opinion
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    Default Re: Expansion Draft - Which 8 players would you protect?

    Can you imagine what bad karma the young Bobcats would bring down on their young heads taking away Mr. Pacer from his Victory Lap season and The Only City He's Ever Loved? The basketball Gods would gnash their teeth and seek everlasting vengence until the Bobcats are forced to relocate to Gnome, Alaska to escape their Everpresent Scowl. They wouldn't dare.
    Reggie wouldn't play for them. He'd negotiate out of it, or just retire right then and there.

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